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07/08/2015 06:34 pm ET Updated Jul 08, 2015

Fired LSU Professor Teresa Buchanan Says She Still Doesn't Know What She Did Wrong

An education professor fired from Louisiana State University for creating a "hostile learning environment" by using explicit language told HuffPost Live on Wednesday that she did her job "well" and never harassed any student.

Teresa Buchanan was terminated from LSU on June 18. Baton Rouge newspaper The Advocate reported that a faculty committee accused Buchanan of "saying 'f*** no' repeatedly in the presence of students, using a slang term for vagina that implies cowardice and telling a joke that the quality of sex gets worse the longer a relationship lasts."

The university said in a statement it was concerned about Buchanan's alleged "history of inappropriate behavior that included verbal abuse, intimidation and harassment of our students," and because "she was asked not to return to more than one elementary school in the Baton Rouge area within the last three years."

But Buchanan told HuffPost Live that she still has not received a personal explanation for what she specifically did wrong. Her best guess, she explained, is that a student complained about her to the school's dean. But Buchanan is dissatisfied with the way the complaint was handled from there.

"Students complain about professors, and we have a procedure to follow, and that wasn't followed. Instead I was removed immediately from teaching and [referred] to human resources to investigate me for sexual harassment," Buchanan said.

Part of that investigation involved administrators confronting Buchanan with any "ugly" things students had written about her in their end-of-semester course evaluations, many of which she characterizes as "silly."

"One of them said I said men are better than women, which is just ludicrous, but they believed that I said that, because a student had written it down on a course evaluation," Buchanan said.

Since Buchanan was fired she received support from the American Association of University Professors. The professor told HuffPost Live that while she may have made some students uncomfortable, her behavior was not inappropriate.

"Good teaching often bothers students," Buchanan said. "Good teaching often upsets people. That's part of the cognitive maturation process."

Watch Teresa Buchanan share her side of the story of her firing in the video above.

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